23 May 2013
Anarchy III - Sunday
London Brawl Saints v Auld Reekie Rollergirls
Buoyed after taking the scalp of Berlin on Saturday, Auld Reekie took to the track looking to take down a fresh Brawl Saints team.
ARRG got off to a good start, showing good clock management to split a power jam over two separate jams with Admiral Attackbar picking up five and Lilo & Stitches a further 15. They then traded points with the Saints and ARRG took a 19 point lead into jam 6.
At this stage London’s pack began to assert itself, in particular Sarah Oates who was positioning herself well before landing crucial hits as Ruby Rehab picked up 10 points. The next two jams saw London pick up four points both times, first through Lola Vulkano and then Rebelle de Jour, after yet more good work by Sarah Oates. More solid defensive work, this time from Total Freyhem, and a smooth inside pass from Rebelle de Jour saw London tie the scores at 44-44 after jam 16.
A vocal section of away supporters cheered on the Edinburgh skaters who responded well. First Lilo & Stitch gave Auld Reekie the lead and then good blocking by Mini Riot freed Admiral Attackbar for a 9 point power jam. The team looked full of confidence and took advantage of two more power jams to go in at half time with the scores London 67 Auld Reekie 92.
Brawl Saints were favourites going into this bout, especially given the effort Edinburgh had expended the day before and so the half time score line came as bit of a shock. It was however no more than ARRG deserved after a first half characterised by a real togetherness and working as a unit, as opposed to any stand out individuals. London, in comparison, needed to up their game.
The Brawl Saints responded with jammers Fox Sake and Ruby Rehab, who each picked up a 20 point pass on an early second period power jam. The points difference was narrowing but ARRG would not relinquish the lead. Every time London got close, Auld Reekie found a way to surge ahead and as they went into jam 31, ARRG still had a 110-101 lead.
The effort unfortunately could not be sustained and London put their foot down in emphatic style. Beating Disorder skated a 15 point power jam to give London the lead and Ruby Rehab added another 20 more as ARRG could not stay out of the box.
With the gap widening, the Brawl Saints suddenly looked in imperious mood and there was no way back for Auld Reekie who tired down the stretch. Ruby Rehab continued to pile on the points after good work from her pack. First Lady Go-Go and then three jams later Missyle Elliott placed some perfectly timed hits that allowed Rehab to run up a score line that perhaps wasn’t reflective of the overall play of ARRG.
Final Score London Brawl Saints 187 v 140 Auld Reekie Rollergirls
Berlin Bombshells v Windy City Rollers
The final bout of the weekend saw both Berlin and Windy use the full extent of their travel squads in an unsanctioned bout. Berlin were looking for a better performance after Saturday’s loss to Auld Reekie whilst Windy had their eye on finishing the weekend and returning to America undefeated.
In truth this bout was never close as Windy took a 20 point lead in jam 3 and never looked back. With so much quality at their disposal they were able to field a deep jammer rotation – one that reached nine strong before the end of the bout and that took every opportunity to trouble the scoreboard. Jackie Daniels, Ying O’Fire and Ska Face all racked up the points whilst Ol’ Drrrty Go-Go patrolled the pack dishing out big hits to anyone in her path.
After 10 jams the score was 34-101 and could have been more if not for the defensive performance of Agent B Fatale who was impressive for Berlin in the opening period. Despite the punishing score line, Berlin were arguably performing better than their bout on Saturday: their packs were full of competitive intensity and Master Blaster was holding her own on the jam line as they raised their game to try and meet the challenge of the dominant US team.
Despite the effort from the Europeans, the superiority of Windy couldn’t be denied. Varla Vendetta posted 20 points on another clinical jam, followed by Killa Nois who picked up a further 19 points and the team from Chicago went in to half time with a 136 point lead at 52-188.
The result was pretty much decided but Berlin still had plenty to play for. These matches provide a rare opportunity to play a team so highly ranked; a chance to test yourself and your teammates to see where the opposition is strong and where you have room for improvement. For Windy it was an opportunity to flex their collective muscle in front of an appreciative crowd grateful to see such high level performers.
Ska Face and Ying O’ Fire started the second half with 31 points in two jams but Master Blaster responded with points for Berlin. The Berlin fans were in fine voice despite the score line and every Berlin jammer to take the line was greeted with cheers, applause and chants. This seemed to inspire those on the track and the Bear City women began to inch towards the hundred points total whilst Heavy Rotation traded blocks with Ol’ Drrrty Go-Go in the pack.
Jam 29 saw an injury to jammer Donner Doro which meant that Zoe Trocious had a full two minutes unopposed and managed nearly seven full passes for a huge 34 point haul. What little momentum Berlin had was all but extinguished by this jam but they could only admire the way Windy City continued to attack right till the end. Athenea DeCrime added another 40 points and Killa Nois another 29 as Ying O’Fire continued to be a double threat.
There was time for one more jam and the Bombshells found themselves with a power jam. The crowd roared them on as they picked up 14 points but when time ran out they were an agonising four points short of the century.
Final score Berlin Bombshells 96 v 420 Windy City Rollers